By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Twitter: @DinwiddieMonitr
Posted: June 18, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – Volunteer employees of the Colonial Heights Home Depot store put their various skills to practice on their day off as they made much-needed accessibility upgrades to the home of Roy Bell, a veteran and wounded warrior last week.
The timing of the project coincides just ahead of Father’s Day this Sunday and these improvements and upgrades to the Bell home were to help this deserving Army veteran celebrate a little early this year.
The Home Depot Foundation partnered with Fairways for Warriors to complete these repairs at the Bell home. Men in Ministry, a non-profit organization that has been helping build ramps for veterans for 30 years, also helped out on the project. Roy Bell served our nation for 12-years, before being badly-wounded in Iraq. The Home Depot Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the popular home improvement chain and works to improve the homes and lives of veterans nationwide.
“I served 12 years in the U.S. Army,” Bell shared. “I served three tours in Iraq for a total of 39 months. The invasion of 2003, Ramadi; Iraq in 2005, and SE Baghdad from March 2007 to June 2008. My job was 88M, Heavy Wheeled Vehicle Operator.”
In an effort to help Bell feel more comfortable, safe, and independent in his home, Team Depot volunteers rolled-up their sleeves and got down to work. They replaced and installed two new storm doors. They also built a new accessibility ramp, complete with rails. LifeProof tile flooring in the master bathroom was also installed. This specific type of flooring is made from a material that is 50 percent more slip-resistant than standard tile, which should help Bell with balance, ultimately increasing his confidence and freedom of movement.
“My family and I are very grateful for the generosity of Home Depot spearheading this project in conjunction with Fairways for Warriors and Men in Ministry,” said Bell. “The completion of repairs throughout the house and the addition of the ramp is greatly appreciated and much-needed. My wife can be at ease with my mobility, and our home is in better condition. To receive such a generous act of kindness is very humbling. It is heartwarming to know that there are people and organizations that truly stand behind their words in supporting the veteran community.”
The improvements and upgrades made by Team Depot to the home on Wednesday will make life easier, more accessible, and safer for the military veteran. During his time of service to America, Bell sustained a traumatic brain injury, which somewhat limits physical mobility, caused by multiple improvised explosive devices. He medically retired in 2009 and transitioned back to civilian life in Dinwiddie County, where he now enjoys spending time with his family – his wife and two sons.
“When it comes to serving our veterans, whether active duty or retired, the Team Home Depot Foundation is right there,” said Kelly Cheek, an assistant manager at Colonial Heights’ Home Depot location. “Since 2011, over 43,000 veteran homes and facilities have been upgraded, improved, and made accessible, in over 4,000 U.S. cities. More than $303 million has been invested in improving the homes and lives of our nation’s heroes. Our commitment is to give a half-billion to Veteran causes by 2025.”
Giving back to veterans is personal to The Home Depot, as more than 35,000 of the company’s associates have served in the military. The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, to train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap, and support communities impacted by natural disasters.
To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation and see Team Depot in action, visit thd.co/community, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @teamdepot, and on Facebook at facebook.com/teamdepot.
Fairways for Warriors (“Healing Unseen Wounds”), is a 501c3, non-profit that supports combat veterans and their families. Its mission is to help combat wounded warriors with their mental and physical rehabilitation. To learn more about Fairways for Warriors, visit fairwaysforwarriors.org, or facebook.com/fairwaysforwarriors.
“The work we did here today was hard, but satisfying and fun,” shared Cheek. “Giving Back & Doing The Right Thing are two of The Home Depot’s Core Values. Today, I was honored to be a part of bringing a smile to Roy’s face that was long overdue. He is the true hero in my eyes, and we will always be here for him and his family.”